For my design I wanted to create an image that promoted wearing a mask, and yet, embodied all of the safety precautions in one image. I chose to go with the mask alone, rather than integrate hand-washing, or social distancing because there is a large demographic in the U.S. that are resistant to mask-wearing, almost as if “anti-mask” is a movement or a statement. I don’t feel like people feel the same resistance to say, washing their hands. The mask has become the overarching symbol of cautiousness in regard to Covid-19.
So, I created a design that has a positive connotation. In order to appeal to college students, I integrated the “like” button (the heart) from the social media application TikTok. At this point in the pandemic, we are all aware of the risks. Creating positive, recognizable imagery that reinforces a kind of “we’re in this together” mentality is the best way to promote safety throughout this pandemic.